Some Dreams Do Come True
Sometimes a positive diversion can help improve the outlook of a child whose life is touched by cancer (either they have cancer or a parent with cancer). Many organizations provide activities, adventures, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences for children coping with cancer. The following is a partial listing of organizations that offer different ways to make wishes and dreams come true.
Free Mobile Apps for Cancer Survivors Now Available
The American Society of Clinical Oncology has released Cancer.Net Mobile for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch – a free app designed to help people with cancer and their caregivers plan and manage cancer treatment and care. Cancer.Net Mobile is available for download in Apple’s App Store.
Cleaning For a Reason™
Every 90 minutes, a woman who has cancer is matched with a housekeeping service that will provide a free professional housecleaning. Thanks to Cleaning For A Reason, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free housecleaning services for women undergoing cancer treatments.
Answers to Your Questions about Cancer Counseling
by Pam Abernethy, MED, LPC
Cancer can take a huge emotional toll on both the individual who has been diagnosed and his or her family. While they are dealing with the physical side effects of cancer and its treatment, few people recognize that they are also struggling with an emotional condition called cancer trauma. Unfortunately, many people with cancer and their families do not seek professional help when dealing with this trauma.
by Sona Mehring, CaringBridge Founder
CaringBridge is driven by the need and desire to help anyone dealing with cancer or any other serious health event by connecting them with loved ones.
Cancer for College
by Craig Pollard, with Greg Flores
At 19, the disease reared its ugly head again, and this time it meant business. I watched from a hospital bed as my friends, family, baseball career, and college experience all seemed to slip away. One night, I had a conversation with God and pleaded for my health. In return, I vowed to make a difference.
Working the System
by Kairol Rosenthal
Doctors make mistakes. Computers err. People are lazy. The healthcare system is buckling. When I think about sparing my lungs from metastases, saving my vocal chords from unnecessary surgery, and getting the best treatment regimen possible, I approach the challenges of the system as if I’m on a personal vendetta. Here are some tips I have learned that may help you work the healthcare system to your advantage.
by APOS staff
The Institute of Medicine report Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs concludes that it is not possible to deliver quality cancer care without addressing psychosocial health needs. A growing body of scientific evidence shows that psychological and social problems created or exacerbated by cancer can be effectively addressed with a number of services and interventions.